New Zealand Wooden Boat Yard Visit – 50 Photos
Yesterday afternoon, Auckland based woodys got to rub shoulders with an impressive collection of classic wooden boats at one of New Zealand’s leading wooden boat yards – the Peter Brookes ‘Brookes Boatbuilders’ complex in rural Waimauku, West Auckland. I have been privileged to visit numerous times but every visit is a treat, where else would you see over eight classic yachts and launches in varying stages of restorations.
I’ll let the photos tell the story, if I have a photo mixed up, let me know 🙂 – enjoy – remember as always if you click on the photos they will enlarge 😉
Amakura II – 1936 Colin Wild, 52’ Bridgedecker
Impala – 1960 Fife, Teak planking
Matia A23 – 1939 Lidgard, 50’, triple skinned kauri
Kenya II – 1940 Lidgard, 50’, triple skinned kauri. Gardner 6LXB
Pilot Cutter – 50’
Kotiri – 1897 Logan
Ladye Wilma B26 – 1895 Logan Bros, 43’, triple skinned kauri
Katrina II K100 – 1944 Bob Stewart, K-Class
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Katrina II looking fantastic but date is wrong – I think designed 1955 and built 1956-57. .
Discovered at Peter Brookes yesterday, that AMAKURA, at one time, had twin stern exhausts, but since 1946, when I first saw her, she has always had her exhausts, 1 each side,.– (refer image I took of her in 1948, in previous ww post) & originally, before she was lengthened, she only had one engine, the exhaust for which, was also out the stern, (refer image in previous ww post).
So the thought is, that when they lengthened her, & fitted the 2 Budas, they must have put the exhausts originally out the stern, about 10 inches in from the corners, now bunged up, & fitted with internal tingles, over each hole, which were right on the waterline, & for whatever reason, changed them before or during WWII.
It also appears the propeller shafts & rudders are also being aligned & repositioned to take them out to the the stern, as the have always been way back up under the hull, in her pre-lengthening position, which must have made her terrible to control & manouver.. — Resetting them, should make a huge difference to handling. — KEN R
Beautiful brightwork on that Stewart K-Class.